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"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves,
or we know where we can find information upon it."
- Samuel Johnson
DATE SITE OF THE DAY
Refdesk: 2009 and the Decade in Review
Refdesk's picks for the top stories of 2009 and the past decade.
Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others. Related site: Explore the Ocean with Google Earth.
Federal News Service
"Federal News Service provides verbatim transcripts of the complete hearing testimony of Congress committees and subcommittees; public speeches and interviews of the President, White House; State Department, Defense Department and Justice Department briefings; press conferences and statements of international leaders visiting Washington; Presidential campaign debates and much more."
FDIC: Failed Bank List
The FDIC is often appointed as receiver for failed banks. This page contains useful information for the customers and vendors of these banks. This includes information on the acquiring bank (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership. This list includes banks which have failed since October 1, 2000.
Bureau of Labor Statistics: CPI Inflation Calculator
The CPI inflation calculator uses the average Consumer Price Index for a given calendar year. This data represents changes in prices of all goods and services purchased for consumption by urban households. This index value has been calculated every year since 1913. For the current year, the latest monthly index value is used.
HubbleSite: Out of the Ordinary ... Out of this World
"The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space-based telescope that was launched in 1990 by the space shuttle. From its position 353 miles (569 km) above Earth's surface, the HST has expanded our understanding of star birth, star death, and galaxy evolution, and has helped move black holes from theory to fact. In its first 15 years, the telescope recorded over 700,000 images. Hubble's view is so spectacular because of its location above Earth's atmosphere. Shifting pockets of air distort light from space - that's why stars seem to twinkle when viewed from the ground. Furthermore, the atmosphere blocks some wavelengths of light partially or entirely, making space the only place where it is possible to get a truly clear and comprehensive view of the universe."
"This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. AnnualCreditReport.com is the official site to help consumers to obtain their free credit report."
Hand washing: A Simple Way to Prevent Infection
Hand washing is a simple habit that can help keep you healthy. At this Mayo Clinic site, learn about the benefits of good hand hygiene, as well as when to wash your hands and how to clean them properly.
American Presidents: Life Portraits
"The American Presidents web site, created for the television series, contains a complete video archive of all American Presidents: Life Portraits programming, plus these additional resources: - Biographical facts; - Key events of each presidency; - Presidential places; - Reference material. Pick a president from the pull-down menu above and explore."
"The thesaurus that appears on this site is Roget's New Millennium Thesaurus. To use the thesaurus, simply type a word in the gold search box and click the 'Search' button. A list of synonyms and antonyms will be returned." Related site: How to Use a Thesaurus.
Home page of the U.S. Government's Official Web Portal for all government transactions, services, and information. It provides direct online access to federal, state, local, and tribal governments.
Mayo Clinic: First-Aid Guide
Learn how to give first aid in emergency situations; more than 50 topics covered. This is a Mayo Clinic web resource.
FedStats provides easy access to statistics and information produced by more than 100 U.S. Federal Government agencies.
DefenseLINK is the official web site for the Department of Defense and the starting point for finding U.S. military information online.
"The Biographical Dictionary contains information on 33,000 notable people from ancient times to the present day. The Dictionary is searchable by names, keywords, and dates."
"When you're tired of wasting money and time due to phone systems that require you to press 10 or more options in order to reach a real person and spending many minutes or even hours on hold, consult the Get2Human database of secret phone numbers and codes that immediately get an actual, live person on the line for customer service at nearly 1000 major companies."
Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body
"The Bartleby.com edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings - many in color - from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn."
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
This federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader is observed on the third Monday in January. In 2010, the holiday falls on Jan. 18. This site by Infoplease provides information on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and other important civil rights leaders.
Related sites: MLK Day.gov | Wikipedia Article on MLK Day.
mGive Mobile Donations Provider
"mGive allows nonprofits to accept mobile donations by text. Mobile Giving empowers NPOs with the ability to accept mobile microdonations via sms. mGive provides clients with nptech resources including facebook applications and nonprofit widgets."
EDITOR'S NOTE: You can text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the International Federation of the Red Cross Relief Efforts on the ground in Haiti.
FindHow: The How-To Search Engine
"Find free how-to instructions for everyday tasks from names you trust."
The Elements of Style: William Strunk, Jr.
"Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated."
Who's Alive and Who's Dead
"Who's Alive and Who's Dead: a reference site to help you find out which famous people are alive and which are dead."
Google Search Features
In addition to providing easy access to billions of web pages, Google has many special features to help you to find exactly what you're looking for. Some of our most popular features are listed on this Google web site.
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
This NASA site hosts the best and most complete online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth from 1961 through the present.
The primary purpose and function of RootsWeb.com is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research. Most resources on RootsWeb.com are designed to facilitate such connections. "But where do I begin?" That question is often asked by new users when faced with all the options available at RootsWeb.com. The best ways for you to connect to others on RootsWeb.com are to make it easy for others to find you, ask for help, and give others help. This page will give you a brief overview of the many resources available at RootsWeb.com; and areas where you will want to contribute as your own research progresses.
"Your source for reliable health information from the Federal government. Offering quick guides to healthy living, personalized health advice, and tips and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."
State of the Union Archives
This site by C-SPAN, provides archives of previous State of the Union Addresses, since 1945. The State of the Union is an annual address presented before a joint session of Congress and held in the House of Representatives Chamber at the U.S. Capitol. The address not only reports on the condition of the nation, but also allows the president to outline his/her legislative agenda and national priorities to Congress. LIVE STATE OF THE UNION STREAMING SITES: White House | C-SPAN.
National Weather Service
The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community.
Famous Quotes for all Occasions
"Our website is the most complete and useful web resource about famous quotes. We have the best collection of famous quotations for all occasions. Browse over 25,000 quotes online from over 6,700 famous authors."
"MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news."
The List Universe
"Top Ten Lists at the List Universe, featuring lists on topics from the bizarre to politics. The essential site for top ten lists."
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